Ahhh the internet….Home of anything and everything the mind can conjure or desire-including job hunting. Gone of the days of having to beat the streets or drive around town looking for “Help Wanted” signs in store front windows. However, while the prospect of job hunting from the convenience of one’s home may seem it can be both discouraging and a waste of time if you don’t know where to look.
In this article I intend to divulge my tried and true tips of the internet job search. I will cover the various sites I have personally found successful in the past as well as the various pros and cons of these sites. I hope that this will prevent many a headache….
Monster.com offers a wide array of services to the job seeker from professional resume writing resources, interviewing skill enhancement, message boards within the Monster.com community, and of course the standard job board capability of replying to virtual ads.
My biggest personal beef with Monster.com is that they always seem to have outdated posts. I realize that companies buy the ads. I get that- but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Aside from that, Monster.com is a great way to get your feet wet with online job searching.
Yahoo! Hot Jobs
Yahoo! Hot Jobs offers many of the same services as Monster.com in regards to networking and skill development for the job seeker. I find their resume format more aesthetically appealing by comparison but who am I to judge? Also, Yahoo! Hot Jobs tends to post jobs available in the classified section of the local newspapers giving it a less pretentious feel.
While I prefer Yahoo! Hot Jobs as an overall general to Monster.com, they tend to get mass postings of “spam-like” opportunities. By “spam-like” I am referring to pyramid- work- from- home type jobs. You know, the ones that sound too good to be true.
Home to free stuff and at one time prostitution classifieds (sorry couldn’t help myself) Craigslist is one of my favorite places to stop during my job search. Posts are local, tend to be more accessible than the larger sites, and are updated daily. Craigslist also has a wider array of job fields.
The cons to Craigslist as a resource for job searching are that posters tend not to delete their ads once the position becomes filled…..
I would put CareerBuilder in the same league as Monster.com and Yahoo! Hot Jobs as far as functionality and quality of postings.
CareerBuilder also tends to post “spam-like” opportunities.
These are the major job boards and are great if you are mid to executive level in your chosen field.